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week. >> that was a good debate. i enjoyed that. >> reporter: while president obama is looking to get back on track and back into the lead. >> we can not afford to be complacent or synical. >> reporter: last month, the pugh research poll had president obama leading mitt romney 51-43% and now, pugh said romney is leading 49% to obama's 45%. >> the trajectory of the race appears to have changed. >> reporter: romney's post- debate gains are across the board. he trails the president by one point. women say they have changeed their view of romney. he's up six points while the president is down 9. and romney has gained among independents who changed their view of him while, again, the president is down. >> romney proved a lot with this debate and stood toe-to- toe with the president. his favorable image improved sharply. >> reporter: the ad war is heating up. the producers of secret service mestreet asked the obama campaign to take down an ad featuring big bird. >> big bird. big bird,. >> reporter: the romney campaign is hitting back with new spots attacking the president's record on spendi
. plus, the obama campaign is getting a lot of mileage out of big bird. we'll show you their video from sesame street. first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock. we begin with the race for the white house. new post debate polling shows the race tightening now with four weeks to go. a new pugh research center survey showing mitt romney leading president obama 49-45 in a national head-to-head matchup. that's among likely voters, people who are most committed to participating in the november 6 election. but gallup has a different result in the daily tracking report. according to the seven-day rolling average, the president leads mitt romney 50 to 45. that is among registered voters. good news for the romney campaign in the state of michigan meanwhile. president obama was leading by ten points last month. according to the detroit free press, after the debate, same poll has the president's lead down to three points. that is within the margin of error. perhaps the biggest gain for the romney campaign comes from that pugh survey which shows republican candidate making huge
and the obama campaign is saying bring it on. romney speaks in lexington today where he is a couple of goals. one he needs to comeback in the foreign policy this year especially after he insulted several countries in his word tour earlier this year. we are expecting him to encourage intervening in syria and avoiding defense cuts next year, and working closely with our allies like israel. and he will portray the president obama as not someone who shows enough strength. team obama is fighting back however. and the president is managing to poke a little fun at himself. here he is last night. >> obama: they just perform flaw leslie, fight after fight. i can't always say the same. >> it is the fourth time we have heard the president acknowledge his less than perfect debate performance. more bill press coming up live after the break. stay with us. ♪ viewer for capella university. matter. education is the key. it is the vehicle. it's the way in which we evolve. every journey is different every possibility is unique. but the beginning, the beginning is my craft. i'm an ordinary perso
underway. >> and what you will so is governor romney and president obama standing at podiums on the stage. >> reporter: and taking a break from the debate, he made calls and took pizza. >> when i tried it in florida, one woman would not handle it was me. >> reporter: in colorado, meanwhile, mitt romney received the endorsement of john elway. >> i'm delighted we're going have three debates and that is a conversation with the american people. >> reporter: ahead of the debates, fox 5 talked with top officials from the romney and obama campaigning about the predebate goal yes. and that is more comfortable with the format. >> reporter: the romney senior strategist said the poor economy is the focus you go but downplay a "new york times" report that romney used offshore accounts to avoid taxes and inquire -- increase his income. he said that romney's financial decisions are made by a blind trust. >> what is most important to people is they try to relate their economic standing with the candidates and they ask themselves a question what, are the plans we have proposed before the pub
live in washington. only one day to go before mitt romney faces off against president obama in denver and our new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows voters across the nation are placing more importance on these debates than the last time a sitting president ran and was challenged. joining me chris cizilla, managing editor of post politics.com and nbc political editor mark murray. mark, first to you, go through the numbers on the new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. others have shown tightening of the race. when you asked voters whether they are looking to these debates more than last time did. >> people are paying attention. four in ten saying this is going to matter, be important to their vote, although worth noting about six in ten of the people said this wasn't going to be all that important. when you dig inside the numbers it shows that key parts of president obama's coalition african-americans, latinos, are actually putting a high importance on the debates which actually kind of shows the challenge that mitt romney has to actually get his side as enthusiastic about it.
's beating president obama by four points in the pugh research poll this morning. tom fitzgerald has been looking at the poll. some of the folks who put it together. how much are those new poll results affected by last week's debate? >> reporter: you can't underestimate it, will. we spoke with the directorate the pugh research center and he said clearly the impact of last week's debate is having a big impact on the poll numbers and romney's new lead over the president. the new poll out shows the thapresident obama is trailing mitt romney 49-45% and that is romney's first big lead and the margin of error was covered by this and since he won the republican nomination in august and as recently as last month. romney was trailing the president. and romney is looking ahead and looking to build on the lead. the associate director of the p gushing h research center told us the result shows the president is slipping with key groups since last week's debate while romney is making strong gains, especially among women, latino, and independent voters. >> the trajectory of the race appears to have chan
>> president obama wrapping up his rally in denver and meeting with the audience after his comments. we are opening up the phone winds, as we did all evening after the debate and all morning on "washington journal." here are the numbers for you. you can also follow us on facebook and on twitter. we are using hashtag #cspan2012. tom is on our republicans' line. what do you think of the debates last night and the president's comments this afternoon? >> hello? >> tom, go ahead. >> maybe it is because i tutor children in languages and math, but i was listening to the president and his speech today talk about how he is reducing the deficit by ending the war and nev -- war in afghanistan and using the money saved to bring down the deficit. the simple term for that is that we will no longer be spending money for that war. we will no longer be taking money pile up in one place and moving it to another. the use of language is very bad on this. it even was last night, when he spoke not from a prepared plan, but just from talking points. i found that when romney would offer something specific,
, jobs, health care. a lot more. just over a month before election day. tonight, president obama and the stagey took to the first of three .ebates spiri many of you probably have about whoopinions top.up on we are live in our newsroom with bothcomes next for parties. about observation, a la men handedto to other. mitt romney held his own. saying he was more keeping the on defense. that is a victory. got called out a couple of times. the fight over tax cuts and reducing the deficit. >> i will not reduce the share by high income individuals. your running mate keep saying that. know it is a popular thing to say. e case.ot th boys. five i am used to people saying is not always repeating it on d hoping i will believe it. >> for 80 months, he has been this tax plan. -- 18 months, he has been this tax plan. now, he is saying is big, bold is never mind. >> mitt romney has not laid out the details on how he will taxes, the numbers on not favor him, at least not now. other big battle, a huge disagreement over obamacare. >> i just do not know how the president could come into , facing risin
coming. san yancy with your news edge. >> plenty of jabs thrown this season. president obama and mitt romney took off the gloves. the president jabbed back going after romney on healthcare and tax cuts for the wealthy. tom, what is the reaction from both candidates? >> we've been on the phone tonight with both campaigns. we spoke with one romney campaign official who said quote, he crushed it. quite frankly. the romney forces appeared their a-game left on the obama camp. they were more measured. say said this dewait unfolded and the president in their viewpoint got stronger as this debate went on. one of the very first direct exchanges came on the issue of the deficit. governor romney challenged the president that he had not done enough to reduce the president. lead to mass i have cuts. >> you have been president four years. you would cut the deficit in half, we still have trillion dollar deficits. a trillion dollar deficit each of the four years. if you are reelected, we'll get to a trillion dollar debt. >> we're asking for no revenue, we hag to give -- end up in resulting in se v
, that is all done with. we will have dualing candidates, president obama and candidate, mitt romney squaring off, fighting in the realm of ideas tonight. now conventional wisdom says debates can rarely help you, but they can hurt you and mitt romney will be looking to do damage to president obama tonight. meantime, in swing state, colorado, debates are coming down to the last minute for everybody. the candidates and those who will be running the show. for more, we go live to danielle nottingham. >> as you mentioned, both candidates are trying to avoid any major mistakes tonight. and it will be all about the economy tonight. the first three segments will be devoted to that topic. president obama will make his case for another four years to fix the comply and mitt romney will argue it's time for a change. when mitt romney and president obama meet on this stage for their first debate, more than 50 million viewers are expected to tune in. greg wayland is an important member of that audience. he's an undecided voter. >> i think they are talking directly to me. >> wayland's top issue, the econo
politics now. first of three presidential debates is tonight where president obama and governor mitt romney will stand on the same stage for the first time in eight years. >> now, in the swing state of colorado, the candidates will focus on the economy. melanie alnwick is live at the white house with a preview. >> reporter: more than 50 million people are expected to tune in tonight to witness the verbal sparring. governor rome necessity's message will be that the country cannot afford four more years of the obama administration and its policies. president obama's message will be that the country is far better off than it would have been without his policies and he needs four more years in order to be able to finish the job. now, in denver, colorado, final preparations are under way for that first presidential election debate in colorado. the showdown in denver between the president and governor mitt romney will take place at the university of denver. now, unlike debates in the past, this one will be a little bit different. it will be a 90-minute debate broken up into six 15-minute discussi
for food and gas. more americans are living in poverty than when president obama took office and fifteen million more are on food stamps. president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. we shouldn't measure compassion by how many people are on welfare. we should measure compassion by how many people are able to get off welfare and get a good paying job. my plan will create twelve million new jobs over the next four years helping lift families out of poverty and strengthening the middle-class. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message because we can't afford another four years like the last four years. ♪ ♪ captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live and in hd, this is abc 7 breaking news. >> air force two, which was caring pratt -- joe biden it had to land at dulles airport due to low visibility as a safety precautions. the vice pratthe fog rolled in as the rain came to an end. many of you had to deal with that thought in the morning. bob ryan wil
between romney and president obama are in a dead heat. >> a poll taken after last week's debate shows running getting a bounce in the polls. that same gallup poll shows that voters thought overwhelmingly romney won that debate, the biggest debate when ever recorded by gallup. republican presidential candidate mitt romney tipperary break -- took a rare break talking about the economy and slammed the policy in the middle east. >> it is clear the conflict is higher now than when the president took office. >> trying to seize on the president's handling of last month's attack in libya. >> i know the president hopes for a safer freer, and more prosperous middle east, allied with us. i share this hope. but hope is not a strategy. >> the candidate went to an impromptu third stop after 100 middle school kids waved at his motorcade. romney's numbers are up and they appeared to be tied. the president continued his california fund-raising swing which is expected to bring in $10 million over two days. the president attended a dedication to the cesar chavez national monument. >> our world is a bett
this mirrors what happened to the presidential debate? everyone thought president obama would win, so there's great expectations here for ryan. how much of a microscope do you think there will be on him? >> i'm not so sure about that. i mean, i don't dispute your polling there, but i think most people understand that joe biden has been debating for a long time, since the early 1900s. >> he knows his stuff. >> right. i think what you see, though, in some of that polling is that some of the, you know, joe biden as of late put his foot in his mouth a few times in very public ways. he said that the middle class was crushed under, you know, the policies of obama and biden, and he said some things that were problematic. however, paul is a smart guy. he has committed his life to understanding the problems of our economy, presenting a plan for the american people, so i think that paul is going to do -- going to do a great job, but i also think it's very important for people to understand, and i think people realize that joe biden is a governmented orator, he is very good at rhetoric, and i think is
or donut today. america runs on dunkin'. [ female announcer ] he says... president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. [ female announcer ] but this is what the budget plan mitt romney supports actually does. more huge tax breaks skewed to the wealthy. while cutting nearly eight hundred billion from medicaid... even though middle-class families rely on medicaid to help loved ones cover nursing-home care. and it helps parents support children with disabilities. if mitt romney really "cares," wouldn't we see it in his priorities? say. potomac, maryland man jailed in cuba since 2009 may have cancer. alan gross was convicted of spying after distributing internet equipment to the jewish community and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. his wife says he's lost more than 100 pounds and has a growth on his right shoulder. cue bone doctors say the tumor is benign, but -- cuban doctors say the tumor is benign, but his family doctors say they can't rule it out and it needs to be treated. >>> we are less than 24 hours away from the first presidential debate between president
that the obama administration's policies had left the middle east a more dangerous place than it was four years ago. i can't wait to ask you about that, richard. >> fair enough. >> that speech was fascinating. >> new polls were taken after the debate. what did they will get to it as you zip it. >> whoa. >> the race is tightening with four weeks to go, a new pew research center survey shows romney leading obama 49% to 45% in a national head-to-head match-up among likely voters. those most committed to participating in the november election. there is good news for the romney campaign in michigan, a state where president obama was leading by ten points last month according to the detroit free press. after the debate, the same poll has the president's lead down to three points, well within the margin of error. perhaps the biggest gain for the romney campaign comes from that pew survey, which shows the republican candidate has made huge gains with women voters now tied with the president 47% to 47%. just a month ago, the president had a 56-38 advantage with women voters. what's going on? >> let's st
's debate now means a lot more. a cnn poll shows president obama romney in a dead heat. is ahead by just three points. tonight mr. obama continues to for that debate in a t -- from the las vegas area. mitt romney did have an event tonight. a rally at the wings the rockies in denver. republican nominee has been in all weekend preparing for the debate. see if that fiscal be cushioned with a of taxpayer money. >> police in prince boomtown said someone is going around ripping peoples and jewelry of while they are wearing it. ripping peoples and jewelry of while t[ male announcer ]. for the dreamers... and those well grounded. for what's around this corner... and the next. there's cash flow w options from pnc. solutions to help businesses like yours accelerate receivables, manage paym,ents, and help ensure access to credit. because we know how impmportant cash flow is to reaching your goals. pnc bank. for the achiever in you. a jury keep on the loose in prince william county tonight. is rippingect necklaces right off the victims. tom, tell us about this. >> i am on cover stone drive and in on
a turn around. president obama came into debate ahead. with an estimated 60 million americans watching, moderator jim layrer asked can you put more people to work? romney would cut taxes and regulations on small business. >> my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. the average middle class family with children would pay about $2,000 more. it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's math. >> reporter: on medicare and social security,one agreement. >> neither the president nor are are i are proposing any changes. >> aarp has said that your plan would weaken medicare, substantially. >> romney fired back a a major debate moment that the president weakened the economy by his focus on health care. >> i don't know how the president could have come into office facing rising unploimt and spending energy and passion fighting for obama care. >> we did work on this alongside working on jobs
to an independent non-partisan study, barack obama and the liberals will raise taxes on the middle class by $4,000. the same organization says the plan from mitt romney and common sense conservatives is "noa tax hike on the middle class." wantofroof? read the non-partisan study for yourself at american.com. o obama and his liberal allies? we can't afford four more years. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. >> you are watching abc 7 news at 6:30. >> the pharmacy that distributed the steroid linked to the deadly fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall. the announced their decision today. it spans nine states including maryland and virginia and has killed at least seven. u.s. health officials reported an additional 27 cases today increasing the total number to 91. >> taking a look at vote 2012. both candidates taking an opportunity to get out on the campaign trail. romney spent the day in florida trying to boost his chances in that critical swing state. obama is that a campaign events in california. on the sunday talk show circuit there were still ta
for the white house, latest polls show mitt romney with an edge over president obama. a new pew research center poll has mney leading 49 to 45% among likely voters. the candidates are even among registered voters. in virginia yesterday, rom targeted the president on foreign affairs. >> we can't support our friends and defeat our enemies in the middle east when our words aren't backed up by deeds. >> other polls released monday show mitt romney has closed the gap. politico has the president's lead down to 1%, while gallup and rasmussen have the race tied. >>> this morning president obama leaves california for campaign events in ohio. the first lady will be in virginia. she'll speak at an event in loudoun county rallying as many people as possible to register to vote. the deadline in virginia is october 15th. >>> people living in the district, today is the last day to register by mail. applications are available online and at libraries and fire houses and police stations throughout the city. however, if you miss today's mail deadline, voters can still register in person at early voting centers da
wife quite a few times as he did during the convention. president obama needs to probably acknowledge the shortcomings of his administration, such as they are, and try to convince the american people that four more years of president obama will be more productive in creating jobs in the last four years. so both candidates have a great deal of work to do. the latest polling, derek, as you know, shows the race is tied up. shortly on the cbs evening news, we're going to talk to the president and mitt romney. >> the stakes sky high on this one. therefore the expectations have been ramping up by the hour. do these things live up to all that hype? >> sometimes they do, sometimes not. it depends. as you well know, there have been times, derek, that a single phrase in a debate such as this, has turned a campaign around or breathed new life into a flagging campaign. certainly that might be the kind of thing that mitt romney is eager to do tonight. but in the very first debate, their very first meeting here, i wonder whether both of them are going to play defense and get through the 90 minut
spending the morning over in iowa. about a half hour ago, president obama finished speaking with students at ohio state. today is the last day for ohio residents to register to vote. and battleground, virginia, will play host to governor romney this friday. that's when he is scheduled to be back in the commonwealth this time in richmond. right now, michelle obama wrapped up a rally in leesburg. ken is live with the first lady. ken. >> reporter: derek, if you can hear me okay, this just wrapped up. let me see if we can zoom in here. see what is left of this rally. michelle obama greeting some supporters. they chose loudoun county, the barack obama campaign focusing on what they are calling a grass rootings movement to try and get people to register to vote before october 15. of course that is less than a week away from now. this is the last final push to try and win what many folks have considered a battleground state in this election. throughout this event here, michelle obama spokabout healthcare, the economy, getting behind people and backing people up during hard times. she said quote
romney was in florida today. president obama was out west for his campaign. fox's john roberts has details. >> reporter: a crowd of 12,000 people greeting mitt romney. one of the biggest crowds he's seen so far. romney hit the president on the economy. >> he wants another stimulus. how did the first one work out? we've seen the last four years. we don't want four more years like the last four years. >> reporter: with a battle cry of 30 days to victory, president obama is steaming ahead to los angeles, speaking tonight at a star studded event, even though the campaign reported a mass haul of $181 million in donations for september. hollywood a listers gathering to help. >> we going to a better vision for our -- got a better vision for our country. we have a better plan for the next four years. >> reporter: while picking apart last week's debate, president obama's senior advisor says -- >> i think he was a little taken aback at the brazenness which the way romney walked away with so much of the positions which he's run, walked away with his record. >> reporter: republican vp nominee
. mitt romney knows a breakthrough performance could reshape his campaign. and president barack obama is determined to avoid mistakes that could alter his case for a second term. but an old video of the president is stirring new controversy. fox's doug luzader with the story. >> reporter: we always look for a last minute wrinkle before each debate and this may be it. conservatives are talking up a video of the president in 2007, and something the obama campaign is responding to. >> everybody give an extraordinary welcome to my pastor, jeremiahia wright. >> reporter: then senator obama adopted an accent and make what some see as racially charged comments with hurricane katrina. >> tells me somehow the people down in new orleans, they don't care about as much. >> reporter: conservatives already talking about what the president said and how he said it. >> i'm very surprised at the incredible southern accent, the president who was born in hawaii and lived in chicago. >> reporter: the obama campaign says this is an attempt to distract voters from the video of mitt romney, where he says 47%
their sight on virginia. >> president obama is in fairfax and mitt romney made another swing through the state with more planned next week woman tell you what is on the agenda and which candidate calls his controversial choice of words wrong. >>> trying to track down a suspect before he strikes again. police searching for a man they say is targeting women when they least expect it. fox 5 morning news continues right now. right now. >>> straight up 6:00 on this friday, october 5th. taking a look outside right now and it is the nice start to your day. nice and cool out there. nothing too bad. going to warm up just a little bit later on. it is friday, october 5th. good morning. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm wisdom martin. happy friday. let's bring in tucker barnes to get more on the great day we have in store. >> it feels so much better with temperatures falling back into the 50s and low 60s and much less humidity than what we've had. >> it feels great. >> nice start to the day. kids might want a jacket and long pants today after the last couple of mornings waking up in the 70s. it had -- it should
in virginia today. president obama hits the trail in colorado and ohio today. he will be in virginia tomorrow. >> both side will try to capitalize on any points scored in last night's first presidential debate and as fox's craig boswell reports, they tackled the economy, taxes and health care. >> reporter: after weeks of preparation and months of anticipation, president obama and mitt romney meet face to face debating policy and differences of opinion. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney tacted directly to one another meeting -- talked directly to one another. >> governor romney has a perspective that says, if we cut taxes, skew towards the wealthy and roll back regulation, that we'll be better off. i've got a different view. >> i don't want to cost jobs. my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> reporter: the republican nominee revealing his plan to reduce the deficit. >> what things would i cut from spending? i will eliminate all programs by this test. is the program so critical, it is worth borrowing money from china to pay for it. if not, i'll get rid o
taxes on the middle class? according to an independent, non-partisan study, barack obama and the liberals will raise taxes on the middle class by $4,000. the same organization says the plan from mitt romney and common sense conservatives is "not a tax hike on the middle class." want proof? read the non-partisan study for yourself at american.com. obama and his liberal allies? we can't afford four more years. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. [ male announcer ] from our nation's networks... ♪ ...to our city streets... ♪ ...to skies around the world... ♪ ...northrop grumman's security solutions are invisibly at work, northrop grumman. >>> parents, students and teachers are working now trying to draw attention to an issue that we have seen turn tragic too many times. october is bullying awareness month. >> one community is trying change it. >> reporter: numerous bullying stories have surfaced in the last couple of weeks, and we have an update on one. an ohio community is coming together after a 10-year-old disabled girl's parents say she was mocked at the bus
was killed last month in benghazi. >>> meanwhile, president obama's campaign is using big bird to child romney for saying he'll end federal funding for public broadcasting. the satirical ad shows images of the convicted financiers including bernie madoff and it suggested that romney thinks it is more important to worry about sesame street than wall street. the republicans say that obama is focusing on inconsequential matters, rather than urge enissues like the economy and the middle east. the producer of sesame street have asked the obama campaign to stop using big bird. calling themselves a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. >>> first lady michelle obama is getting ready to speak to supporters in loudoun county right now. this come a day after anne romney's visit to the richmond area. julie carey is live with a look at the fight for women voters in that battle ground state. julie? >> reporter: you can see the stage is emright now. the first lady is special to take the stage any minute now. this will be michelle obama's second rally in northern virginia in less than a month. it is a c
. meantime, a new rasmussen poll shows romney ahead of president obama following last week's debate 49 to 47%. president obama's performance in the debate was the subject of a the laughter last night prompted by the president himself. here is what he had to say after he took the stage the a fundraiser in california following some big names including stevie wonder and katie perry. >> they just performed flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. ay but here is the good news is we've got a better vision for our country. we have a better plan for the next four years. >> president obama will be campaigning in california again today. >>> also making headlines this morning, the meningitis outbreak continues to spread. >> the pharmacy linked to the outbreak makes a move it is calling a precautionary measure. details on that coming up next. >>> also ahead, he was convicted of crimes that shattered lives and left a legendary football program tarnished. tomorrow, jerry sandusky will learn his fate. fox 5 morning news back in a moment. [ barack obama ] i'm barack obama, and i approve th
address at the virginia military institute aiming to put pressure on president obama by portraying him as a weak and ineffective figure on the world stage. the 30-minute speech entitled the mantle of leadership will focus on a vision of peace through strength as in the tradition of harry truman and ronald regan. in prepared remarks released to the media the republican candidate is expected to address missteps in libya and talking about the deadly attack on bengha benghazi. he will say as president he would partner with other nations to help arm the rebels who are fighting assad's government. >>> on our relationship with egypt, romney will make the argument that u.s. aid should be tied to the egyptians upholding their peace treaty with israel. with growing tension over iran's nuclear program, mitt romney says he will not hesitate to put forces in the eastern mediterranean and the gulf region. the obama campaign is downplaying the speech describing romney over the weekend as, quote, an unmitigated disaster on foreign policy and the only person who has offended europe more is probably che
. this morning the search continues for two other suspects involved in that holdup. >>> president obama and mitt romney will spend today preparing for their first debate. the candidates will square off tomorrow night at the university of denver. romney arrived in denver yesterday as quarterback john elway introduced the presidential nominee at a rally last night. romney told the crowd creating jobs would be the administration's number one priority. president obama preparing for tomorrow's debate but in nevada. he has not made any campaign appearances since sunday. romney says he would not deport any undocumented immigrants in the u.s. because of an executive order the president signed. they can stay for two years if they came before they were 16, are still 30 or younger, and meet other criteria. romney criticized the president for signing that executive order during an election year. he also said he would veto a bill that would grant a path to citizenship. >>> strong attacks coming from both sides, but now some residents in roanoke, virginia, say one anti-obama display goes too far. a man named
, the candidates are focusing their attention on colorado. president barack obama and governor mitt romney are making final preparations for their first debate. tomorrow night's focus, domestic policy with a heavy emphasis on the economy and jobs. joe biden spent his day campaigning in north carolina and republican running mate is due to arrive in charlottesville, virginia, tonight. >>> in pennsylvania, a judge has blocked that state's voter id requirement from taking effect by this election day. the judge says he's not quite convinced that every voter would be able to get a valid id in time. republicans who support the new law says it is aimed at keeping people have voting more than once. democrats, however, argue that it's aimed at keeping the elderly and minorities from voting at all. >> wusa9 is your go to station tomorrow night for the debate. 9news is teaming up with u.s.a. today. beginning at 9:00 p.m., u.s.a. today reporters are fact checking what the candidates have to say. you can watch the analysis live at wusa9.com. this morning, u.s.a. today white house correspondent talked w
night in the race for the white house. president obama and mitt romney will face off the first time in a nationally televised presidential debate. it will give voters a chance to size up both candidates. craig bosswell lee with all of the details. craig? >> reporter: good evening to you, shawn. president obama moments ago wrapped up his walk-through and spent about 30 minutes on the stage inside the magnus arena and the first question of the debate will go to president obama. both campaigns have been downplaying the expectations, the fact tonight that stakes here are very high. the 90-minute showdown will be broken down into six 15-minute segments. the moderator opens each segment with a question llowed by answers from each candidate and a discussion of the topic. >> there will be fewer questions and more extended discussion that dives into certain detail -- issues in detail. >> reporter: both men are certain to face tough questions on domestic issues, healthcare, the fiscal crisis, unemployment rate and taxes and the role of government and governing style. pollsters said mitt romne
in denver the past few days. president obama has been preching in neff. both have been keeping low profiles in recent days. meanwhile republicans are seizing on comments vice president joe biden made at a campaign stop yesterday to say the obama administration's economic policies are not working. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> of course the middle class has been buried. they're being bear ruried by regulations, taxes, borrowing. they're being buried by the obama administration's economic failures. >> biden later tried to clarify his comment by saying the middle class was buried by policies mitt romney and paul ryan supported. >>> and mitt romney's campaign has called tonight's debate a restart of the campaign. right now the republican nominee trails by 3% among likely voters. that is according to the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. that is also within the poll's margin of error. the president leads by seven points, though, among all registered voters. he he also leads in the battleground states that could deci
the stand today in a controversial case involving allegedly stolen files. >> also head, president obama and job nominee mitt romney gettingied for tomorrow night's debate. one candidate says it will be about something bigger than who wins and who loses. time now is 6:07. i'm barack o obama and i approved this message. [ mitt romney ] there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it... and they will vote for this president no matter what... and so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. >>> officials in hong kong say six crew members have been arrested for a deadly boat collision. they're being questioned for endangering people's lives according to china's police chief. at least 37 people were killed and dozens more injured after a boat carrying
: in control, assertive, presidential. while barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> it's very rare that stylistically there's such a clear triumph of one side over the other. >> reporter: a rally in denver, the president admitted he got surprised. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> reporter: he charged romney changed his stance on taxes and spending. >> but if you want to be president, you owe the american people the truth. >> reporter: some felt mr. obama owed them a better debate. >> he looked like he was tired, drained. >> i think he didn't have the practice. >> you more worried obama might lose now? >> well, no, not really. >> reporter: obama strategists hint the boss learned a lesson. >> he'll review it and if he wants to make some changes in the next debate, he'll do so. >> reporter: romney strategists claim all that changed about their guy was the audience. >> i think people saw him for the first time, a lot of people, not in a 30-second attack ad or 12-second snippet on the news. but got to hear him directly. >> r
. >>> mitt romney and president obama will be campaigning in the heartland today. romney will be visiting iowa. it will be the gop nominee easily seventh trip to iowa since finishing second in that state's caucuses in january. romney will visit ohio where the president will be this afternoon. mr. obama will be at ohio state university in columbus. he has campaigned on more than 30 college campuses this year. the first lady campaigning for the president today here in northern virginia. michelle obama will speak to supporters at the loudoun county fairgrounds in leesburg this evening. virginia has been a common stop for both candidates and their spouses. mitt romney and his wife ann were making multiple campaign stops in virginia yesterday. the first lady's event opens to the public at 2:45 this afternoon. >>> people who live in the district today is the last day you can register to vote by mail. applications are available online and at public libraries, firehouses and police stations. anyone who misses today's deadline can still register to vote during early voting and on the election at t
: that goes, said romney, for the muslim world, from libya to syria to iran. he suggested obama policies in libya let al qaeda get strong enough to kill our ambassador. in syria, romney would get the rebels heavy weapons, despite the administration's fear they will end up in the hands of al qaeda. and romney claimed he would be tougher on iran about nuclear weapons. >> this is a dangerous situation. >> reporter: romney said president obama's making it more dangerous by resisting israeli prime minister netanyahu's apparent willingness to attack iranian nuke plants. >> i know the president hopes for a safer, freer, and more pros pous middle east, along with us. i share this hope. but hope is not a strategy. >> reporter: romney's remarks, said one expert, are not a strategy. >> he tried to sound very tough in his critique of barack obama today. however, those are mostly rhetorical differences on some of those key foreign policy issues as opposed to actual new tough policies. >> reporter: the president fired back in an ad to run in virginia. >> reckless, amateurish, that's what news media an
. >> coming up next the frightening scene that left many people -- >> why, people, why? barack obama and the liberals s $4,000. >> we're checking on that coming up next. the same organization says the plan from mitt romney and common sense conservatives is "not a tax hike on the middle class." want proof? read the non-partisan study for yourself at american.com. obama and his liberal allies? we can't afford four more years. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. [ knocking ] oh, no, i got to go. oh, can you make that to go? these days, nobody has time to get sick. but minuteclinic makes it easy to get well. our nurse practitioners can diagnose and write prescriptions for everything from strep throat to sinus infections with no appointment necessary, so you can feel better in no time. you guys want to go to the park? yeah! yeah! minuteclinic, the medical clinic in cvs/pharmacy. accepts united healthcare benefit plans. find a clinic near you at minutlinic.com. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing a reason...to look twice. introducing a stunning work of technology
the laundry, ibe a greatpay the bills,ildren. i'm barack obama, and i apapproe this message. i make sure my kids are fed and rested and healthy. female vo: moms like christie would be stretched even more under mitt romney. to fund his tax cuts for millionaires, romney could take away middle class deductions for child care, home mortgages, and college tuition. christie: mitt romney, he's so focused on big business and tax cuts for the wealthy... it seems like his answers to middle-class america are just...tough...tough luck. infringement on our lives.s like such an... how dare they step into my life that way. it's none of their business. he's trying to restrict us, again. he's taking us backwards. george allen is the last thing we need in washington. anncr: the democratic senatorial campaign committee is... responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> our breaking news continues on this monday night. you can see some of the nats players excited. they are the nl east champions. here's how it went down tonight. the nats versus the phillies at home. the nats lose that game, but late in
rate fell to 7.8% and employers add 114,000 jobs. the numbers come as welcome news for president obama who campaigned in northern virginia today. fox 5's tom fitzgerald was with the president today and has the latest from the trail. >> reporter: for president obama it was a much needed shot in the arm. >> this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. [ cheering and applause ] >> speaking at george mason university in fairfax the president held up the new 7.8% unemployment rate as proof that his policies are working. >> but today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. nts. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: >> but across the state in abington, virginia, mitt romney cast doubt on those numbers. >> the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day the president was elected, or unemployment rate would be around 11%. that's the real reality of what's happening out there. >> the pr
, the first debate between president obama and mitt romney just two days away now. it's happening in colorado. a key battleground state. inside a denver airplane hanger, gop volunteers worked the phones as crews set up the stage for mitt romney's last rally before his first presidential debate. >> people are waiting until the debate on wednesday. i think that's going to be a big sway for some people. just to finally see them kind of go head to head and see where they are on the issues. >> wednesday's debate at the university of denver focuses on domestic policy. romney supporters want the gop nominee to show undecided voters how he'll jump-start the slow economy. colorado is a battleground state that went for president obama back in 2008. a new washington post poll gives the president a comfortable 11-point lead in the swing states. the poll also shows 56% of voters think the fort president is going to win this first debate. sunday inlas vegas, he tried to dial back those expectations. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> the president is staying in nevada until wednesda
, president obama spent the night in california at a fund raising concert in los angeles with a roster full of hollywood stars. meanwhile, mitt romney is back in the battleground state of virginia today. he will deliver a speech on foreign policy at the virginia military institute in lexington. >>> now, get ready for a month full of debates. this thursday, vice president joe biden and congressman paul ryan will face off in their first and only debate before the election. then next tuesday, the 16th, president obama and mitt romney will meet for their second debate. and the third and final presidential debate takes places monday, october 22nd. >>> the virginia senate race takes the spot height tonight as tim kaine and george allow pressure face off in richmond. the race between the two former governors has been close since the start but a new poll shows kaine pulling way a little bit with 52% support and allen with 45%. 45%. >>> police catch a break in their search for find a missing girl. that is topping national headlines right now. >> plus a warning from congress involving a potential bus
from practice to get a burrito, president obama visited hoover dam. aids say they are coaching the president to keep his answers short and be aggressive. romney is practicing how not to get irritated. >> the president could take it away. mitt romney has to have a good night to get the trajectory of the race to change. >> reporter: the new nbc poll shows romney with momentum, just three points behind president obama. more voters than ever think the economy is improving. what are they listening for tonight? >> i would like to hear some, you know, firm stances on positio positions, definitely some good debate. both the candidates thinking on their feet. >> reporter: inundated with ads, some residents say they won't watch the debate. >> i already know who i'm voting for. i don't want to hear it anymore. >> reporter: in the poll, six in ten found the debates somewhat important or not at all. >> mitt romney's campaign called the debate a restart of the campaign. right now, the republican presidential nominee trails president obama by 3% of likely white voters. that is within the poll
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